Earlier today, AT&T and LG announced the Optimus G Pro smartphone, the next great flagship device to battle for true supremacy. So it’s only fitting that LG showcases its newest toy at its Share The Genius event here in New York City, where it is giving an opportunity for a handful of folks to test drive the newest device before it arrives in stores next week. With an incredibly thin profile, stunning 5.5-inch HD display, Snapdragon quad-core processor clocked at a whopping 1.7GHz and a customized version of Android 4.1.2— the Optimus G Pro certainly looks the part of a topnotch device. But alas, as we all know— it’s not about how the device looks— it’s all about how the device operates and feels during real-time usage. So hit the break to check out or hands-on and get a feel of the Optimus G Pro in action.
Arguably, the biggest news to come out of CES 2013 was NVIDIA’s Project Shield, the beginning of a new wave of portable Android gaming devices. We dropped by NVIDIA’s booth and were able to get a look at the revolutionary product. Unfortunately, NVIDIA had the Shield shielded behind glass and weren’t allowing hands on time at this point. We’ll try to head back sometime soon to see if we can get our grubby paws on it for you guys. In the meantime, check out our eyes-on with the new Project Shield.
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Netgear is trying to turn things around at this year’s CES with the introduction of a wide swath of new pieces of technology and smartphone applications. One of the better product announcements was the company’s new NeoTV with Google TV, an all-in-one set-top box for your living room with all the bells and whistles you’d ever need. Take a look after the break as we go hands-on. » Read the rest
Smart cameras seem to be the next big trend in technology. Why not, right? If you’re gonna fork out the cash for a dedicated point-and-shoot, you might as well get one that can connect to the internet and sync to your Dropbox (and play Angry Birds, as the rep enjoyed pointing out). After Samsung’s success with the Galaxy Camera, Polaroid has decided to try their hand in the market. Take a look at our hands on video below to see what Polaroid is offering up with their iM836.
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It was only last month that we reported on ARCHOS’ innovative GamePad, a tablet with built in gaming controls (which is an increasingly popular trend this year at CES). The GamePad originally released only in Europe, but ARCHOS promised us it’d come to the states by early 2013. Well, we got some hands on time with the gaming tablet here at CES. Check out the video for our impressions.
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Alcatel announced an update to its line of tablets yesterday, effectively bringing fresh hardware across the spectrum. The Tab7HD features a 7-inch WXGA 1280 x 800 IPS display powered by a 1.6GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. The larger Tab8HD sports the same specs as the smaller Tab7HD, although with a larger 8-inch display.
The One Touch Evo 7 HD utilizes the same internals as the other devices, though it comes with the option to purchase an additional mobile data module which Alcatel is claiming to be the first of its kind. With the additional HSPA+ module, the device is slated to be available for $249 at launch. There will also be a 4G LTE version in the future for $349.
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Motorola just announced the DROID RAZR M smartphone and we immediately got some hands-on time with it. As you can see, the device is incredibly compact while in hand, yet the display really pops out thanks to the enormous real-estate available on the phone’s 4.3-inch screen. Also highlighted is Motorola’s Quick Settings access function, which aims to simplify a user’s settings on the phone. The other highlight is Ice Cream Sandwich operating in smooth, buttery fashion that’s complimented with the now default Chrome Browser and Amazon apps pre-loaded. All of those features are literally crammed into a compact manner of Corning Glass and Kevlar goodness.
For those of you itching to grab one of the hottest phones of the year, it’s available for pre-order today at 5:00pm either on Verizon’s website or in Verizon stores, but in the meantime, check out our hands-on video below to get a good feel of the full-screen phone.
Earlier today Sony announced several new devices during their IFA press conference, including the new Xperia Tablet S. The powerful new tablet is powered by a Tegra 3 CPU, preloaded with Android 4.0, and has plethora of available accessories. It will be available September 7th but Sony is accepting pre-orders starting today. We now have a quick hands on video of the Xperia Tablet S from the floor of the IFA event.
After Amazon listed, then quickly de-listed the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, we knew that the pen-friendly tablet was probably coming soon, so it’s no surprise that now we have a leaked hands-on video of the tablet in action. We’re still not sure about the true launch date, but we’re guessing about 3-5 weeks for the rumored quad-core tablet based the Amazon listing that was pulled. See the video after the break.
T-Mobile has finally unveiled its latest flagship device, the HTC One S. The One S sits pretty between its younger brother, the One V and its older brother the One X. We were able to hang out with T-Mo in NY recently at the Catch restaurant for the official announcement of the handset and we even got to hang with Carly for a bit (see pic). If you missed our initial hands-on demo you can check it out here as well as here. Unlike the European version which has undergone the Micro Oxidation Arc processes to give the black device its porcelain feel, Magenta has opted to receive the gradient blue model. The One S is by far HTC’s, and T-Mobile’s for that matter, thinnest and lightest device coming in at a super slim 7.8mm and weighing in at just 119 grams. Make no mistake about it, this device is camera centric and aims to be the perfect little point and shoot for anyone looking to always capture that which matters most. The camera houses some new technology from HTC offering unprecedented functionality. The device brings to Magenta Android 4.0 ICS mingling ever so slightly with HTC’s newest iteration of Sense, 4.0. The device houses some serious heft under the hood, thanks in part to its dual-core Krait Snapdragon S4 chipset which has even been touted as outperforming a quad-core A9 CPU. There’s no expandable memory as there is no SD card slot nor is there the option to remove the 1650 mAh battery from the device. I’m guessing these were the compromises HTC had to make in order to get the handset so light and thin. The device also sports Dre dog’s Beats Audio technology but sadly, no, there are no Beats Audio “iBeats” included with the phone. Without further ado, on to the review. » Read the rest